Bespoke work away from masts and oars

With a proven pedigree in the world of wooden yacht masts and oars, our skills and knowledge have often been called upon within similar industries. As a glue-lam specialist and with the flexibility and facilities to take on a wide range of projects, diversification has become common place.

With the growing demand for traditional and sustainable materials within modern architecture, internal and external columns, both structural and cosmetic, have become regular work to satisfy this growing market. With the ability to turn almost any size of column from a variety of materials, there is little we cannot accommodate. 

The link below will highlight some of the bespoke projects we have undertaken over the years. 

The logical progression into wooden masts

Over the years Collars' spars have been used in Olympic competition, crossed all of the worlds Oceans, and can be found on nearly all wooden sparred production boats ever made. With a capacity of producing any wooden mast or spar up to 100' in length....


Having made our name in producing the finest quality wooden rowing oars for crews throughout the world, it is hardly surprising that we are still producing a comprehensive range today. At the lower end of the range are the standard wooden oars, offering quality and value for everyday use. Using the skills from three generations of the Collar family, a pair of Spruce spoon or skiff oars can be produced individually to the customer's requirements.


Whether looking to replace an historical flagpole, or raising a celebratory flag, our pedigree in producing the finest quality wooden masts for over 80 years makes Collars the obvious choice for making any flagpole. Using the finest quality timber available, our skilled craftsmen are able turn by hand, any size or configuration required. With our bespoke service, we will guide you throughout the complete process, from an initial consultation to erecting the finished product.


With a history dating back over 80 years, we have produced mast and spars for some of the most beautiful yachts in existence. Specialising in producing the finest quality yacht masts and spars, we pride ourselves on a personal, tailored service and maintain a close and constant contact with our customers. From the critical choice of timber to the final stages of smoothing and varnishing, a Collars product has over eighty years of experience and expertise put into it, making us the number one choice time and time again.

The following links are a small selection of the some of projects we have been proud to be part of in recent years.

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varnish can

Getting a perfect final coat on a mast is no easy feat, and there is nothing more disheartening than discovering contamination or dust once finished.

One misconception is that when dust is felt and seen in the varnish coat it is natural to blame it on airborne particles. Although sometimes partly the case, it is more common that it is simply due to using a brush that is not perfectly clean. It is possible to keep a final coat brush clean, but it is also very easy to accidently pick, dust lying in a luff tube, or simply dried varnish from inadequate cleaning. At Collars we have tried many different methods of cleaning and storing, from diesel to cleaning baths, but the one guaranteed solution we have found is to use brand new brush on every final coat. I'm sure there are many who think this may be wasteful, yet commercially, getting the perfect mirror coat first time offsets the £3.75 brush cost, and it should also be noted at this stage, it costs us £7.70 in time and materials every time one of our varnishers wash a brush out properly.

The 2-1/2" brush we have come to love, with very low Bristle loss, is iactually available off the web from - part 66880; try it next time and I'm sure you will be surprised of the results.